Like an Eagle!

Have you ever watched an eagle soar? These large birds have a rather large wing span. Can you imagine how much energy it would take for the eagle to keep flapping those wings?  One report noted that an eagle averages less than 2 minutes of flapping per hour of flight. Eagles can travel great distances because they choose to soar or glide when possible. Eagles actually use the wind to their advantage. Instead of flapping in the wind they allow the wind to lift them up to a place where they can soar.

Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Facing strong winds and storms of life can be exhausting and terrifying. Those of you who live in hurricane states know what strong winds feel like. But God’s Word instructs us to wait on Him. Wait means to trust Him. There are times when we feel like we are fighting against the wind. We try and try, but things do not seem to improve. In fact, they seem to get worse. We feel emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausted because of all the flapping and trying we are doing.

There are times when we just cannot fix it! It takes God.

Jesus approached some fishermen who were cleaning their nets. He got on one of their boats and asked them to push away from the shore and let down their nets to fish. Simon, one of the fishermen replied, “Master, we have toiled all night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:1-5)

Have you ever felt like that? You keep trying, but for what? Jesus is just waiting for us to realize that He is our strength. He is our deliverer. He is our peace.

2 Corinthians 12:10 “…for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

How liberating it is when we finally realize that we can’t, but He can! God can renew your strength. With Him, the very things that seem to keep you down can be used to take you higher.

Psalm 94:22 “But the Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge.”

Psalm 89:9 “Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.”

Psalm 81: 7 “Thou callest in trouble, and I will deliver thee…”

Psalm 60:11-12 “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.”

Psalm 61:2 “…When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to that rock that is higher than I.”

 

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